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Given the circumstances, sitting out the rest of the year has seemed like the right thing for Bryant to do even dating back to when he was just dealing with the Achilles injury. The Lakers’ potential for this season was never that high, certainly not high enough for Bryant to rush back to the floor like he did. But, as one of the game’s fiercest competitors of all-time, he couldn’t be held back from doing everything he could to prove this injury was career threatening.
As far as the next couple of years are concerned, this is probably the best thing for Bryant. He has a lot of wear and tear on his legs. He needed some time off more than anything and he wasn’t going to take it unless he was forced to.
Interesting enough, Bryant also said this weekend that he didn’t want to have a lot of influence over what the Lakers do this offseason, once again voicing his trust in ownership and management.
This lines up with Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest report that the Raptors were going to be holding onto Kyle Lowry for the playoffs, but questions about the Raptors’ intentions will linger until the deadline passes. Ujiri has had over half a season to evaluate and although the team is playing well this season, he’s not there to make one postseason appearance. He’s there to build a perennial contender and if a move that makes them better in the long-term comes along, we could see the Raptors make some changes despite their current success.
With just three days remaining until the NBA’s trade deadline, time is running out for things to pick back up. It is somewhat of the norm for talks to slow down during the weekend because the NBA loathes when teams take away from All-Star Weekend. The event is supposed to be the focus, not rumors and trade talk about personnel. However, even prior to the event things were slow on the trade front – especially when it came to big names or moves that could be considered major. The biggest piece of news that emerged from the weekend was that banished Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller isn’t interested in any reconciliation with the team.
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